Stress and Self-Care

It seems as though stress has become more socially accepted nowadays, and goes hand-in-hand with having a prosperous life. If you are stressed, you must be working towards success. This being the case, self-care and stress reduction is not encouraged as it should be.

I do not handle stress well, not that anyone should, and I often have to remind myself when it’s time to take a break and take care of me. It is important to work hard towards your goals and within your career, but a happy healthy you is what will take you the extra mile.

Here are some of the ways that help me to destress and stay mentally healthy.

Make a list

When you are feeling overwhelmed by tasks needed to be accomplished, and therefore stressed, making a list is a great way to have a visual of what you need to get done.

When I write my deadlines and assignments down on paper, I have a clear idea of what I need to do  and the steps to get them done. Otherwise, everything gets jumbled in my head and my to-do list becomes larger and more impossible to accomplish than it actually is.

Write down everything you need to do, and even order them so you know what to start on first.

Know when to take a break

It’s important to be attuned to what you need and when you are becoming stressed, and know when to take a break.

By break I don’t mean tell your boss you’re going on a week vacation every time you begin to get overwhelmed. You can take a break in different ways.

Sometimes when I’m working on a specific project and I start to become less productive and worried, I give myself 20 minutes to run out and get coffee or time to watch one episode of a show I like.

Giving myself that break to switch my brain away from what was giving me stress allows me to go back clear headed and more productive.

Depending on what you need, a break can be more or less that time frame. Just listen to your body, and know what is right for you.

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Stay hydrated

When I start to become foggy headed and unproductive, that is my queue that I need to hydrate.

Water is so important for a fit and productive brain, and in order to stay healthy during times of stress its important to drink lots of water.

I feel completely different and handle my day in a different manner when I am well hydrated, in comparison to when I am not.

Socialize 

When I am feeling overworked and bombarded by to-do lists, I like to make a point to spend time with friends or family.

I either go out to eat or do something active. Anything to just take a break away, and socialize with someone. It lets off some seriously happy endorphins.

Make sure you are spending time with someone who is going to lift you up, and not make you more stressed about work or other tasks.

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Jerry and I 

Jerry is usually my first choice to socialize with…

 

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Author: elementsofhill

Feminist, coffee enthusiast, writer.

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